Top 10 Yahoo Pickups

Tom Collins

2021-02-22

Even though we're about six weeks into the season, there are still plenty of good options on the waiver wire that can help your squad contend for your fantasy hockey championship.

There are always players just waiting to be plucked. It's just a matter of going through the waiver wire to find those players.

Ideally, what you're looking for are players either on hot streaks or those who are in a good position to go on a hot streak, either because they are finally getting power-play time or find themselves in a top-six role.

By the way, this is not the season to sort Yahoo players by the last seven, 14 or 30 days. With some teams having so many games postponed, you're going to get skewed results.

Below are 11 players (two are tied as they are linemates) who were owned in fewer than one-third (33 per cent) of Yahoo leagues going into Sunday's action.

10. Tyler Bertuzzi, owned in 27 percent of Yahoo leagues

I'm not going to lie, I was surprised Bertuzzi wasn't already rostered on more fantasy squads. Sure, he's injured and hasn't even resumed skating, but that's what the IR and IR+ spots are for. Bertuzzi had five goals and seven points in nine games before suffering his upper-body injury. He also had 20 shots, 13 hits, three power-play goals and four power-play points. Even if he's not back for a couple of weeks, it would be smart to pick him up, stash him on IR and benefit once he does return as he's a shoo-in to get back on the top line.

9. Pekka Rinne, 21 percent

With each passing game, I become more convinced that Yaroslav Askarov will be playing for the Predators in two or three seasons. Since Juuse Saros started in the NHL in 2016-17, his goals against average, save percentage and quality starts percentage have worsened almost every season. Even this year, when it looked like Saros had a lock on the top job, he's faltered. He has allowed at least three goals in five of his 10 games and at least five goals three times. Rinne's numbers aren't the greatest, but they significantly better than Saros. If Rinne continues to outplay Saros, expect Rinne to steal some games.

8. Calvin Petersen, 21 percent

Originally, I figured it might take about half a season until Petersen began splitting starts with Jonathan Quick. Instead, it took a couple of weeks. Each netminder has started eight games and Petersen has been much better of the two.

Petersen: 3-4-1 record, 2.43 GAA, 0.926 SV %, five quality starts, zero really bad starts

Quick: 4-2-2 record, 3.19 GAA, 0.889 SV %, four quality starts, two really bad starts

Quick has been excellent in his last two games, but he's been outplayed by Petersen for most of the season.

7. Alex Iafallo, 8 percent

Iafallo is in the middle of a hot streak that should be putting him on the radar for many fantasy hockey general managers, but he's still unowned in 92 per cent of Yahoo leagues. He's on the top line with Anze Kopitar, he's averaging a career high 2.6 shots per game, and he's on the top power-play unit, even though he's never been much of a power-play producer. Iafallo doesn't contribute in as many peripherals (PIM, hits and blocked shots) as others on this list, but he's still worthy of a pickup.